Braintool.org: Accelerating basic-science neurotechnology

Braintool.org is a project, recently launched by Dejan Vucinic at the Salk Institute, which acts as a Wiki for the basic-science neural tools field. I highly encourage people to contribute, and to make use of, the information. Topics of note include:

  • Tissue preparation and surgery
  • Labeling cells
  • Extracellular electrode recording
  • Stimulation and remote control of neurons
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Optical microscopy
  • Optical functional imaging
  • Electron microscopy
  • Functional magnetic imaging (fMRI)

In its own words, Braintool “contains hands-on advice, contributed by experts, for the practicing experimental neuroscientist. Here you will find information that often gets buried into obscure methods journals or into the invisible Supplementary Materials section of published articles.” Let’s face it — there is almost an infinite amount of work to do on the brain, and if we don’t leverage our technological innovations towards great progress, we are never going to understand the whole thing. Start accelerating neuroscience now!

— posted by Ed

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